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Johnson's Big Fourth Quarter Sparks Bonnies Comeback Victory Over GW, 59-55

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Asianae Johnson scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team to a 59-55 comeback victory over George Washington Thursday at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies (6-17, 3-7 Atlantic 10) outscored the Colonials 22-6 in the final frame to rally from 14 down Thursday night. St. Bonaventure was 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the floor in the fourth.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bonnies were Deja Francis (13), Emily Calabrese (12) and Jurnee President (10).

Down 12 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bonnies came to life with an 8-0 run to bring the score back within three, 53-50, with 6:20 left in the game.

Johnson's bucket with 2:15 left on the clock tied the game at 54-54. On the next Bona possession, following a defensive stop, President stepped into a three-pointer and drained it, giving the Bonnies their first lead of the game, 57-54, with 1:38 to play.

Kayla Mokwuah made a free throw to cut the GW deficit to two, 57-55.

Francis collected her own miss with eight seconds on the clock, forcing the Colonials (9-13, 3-6 Atlantic 10) to foul, sending her to line with 3.9 seconds remaining. The sophomore made good on both attempts, putting the game on ice and sending the Bonnies home winners, 59-55.

George Washington grew its lead to as many as 14 points with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter.

The Colonials opened the contest on an 8-0 run, but the Bonnies quickly responded with a 9-2 sprint of their own, trimming the GW to 10-9.

President's shot as the first quarter clock expired gave the Bonnies a 15-14 edge heading into the second period.

GW opened the quarter with a 5-0 run, taking a 19-15 lead and forcing a Bonaventure timeout. The Colonials outscored the Bonnies, 15-6, to take a 29-21 lead into halftime.

Sydney Zambrotta finished with 10 points for the Colonials.

GAME NOTES

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JESSE FLEMING

"We started to get some stops and put our heads down and attack. Asianae, Deja and Dajah started to play downhill then Jurnee hit that big three in the corner for us."

"This one feels good. We really needed it tonight. We got a little flat in the middle of the game and for us to fight and claw back, I'm really proud of them tonight."

"Asianae put us on her back and got downhill. She cannot be guarded when she is in attack mode and finishing at the rim."

UP NEXT
The Bonnies remain at the Reilly Center and welcome Davidson Sunday, Feb. 9. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Sunday will also be the Bonnies' annual Pink Game.

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